Aging in place is becoming an increasingly popular term these days. It’s no secret that most people desire to stay home throughout their golden years. In fact, almost 90% of people would prefer to grow older in their own home, according to a survey conducted by AARP.
There are many things that need to be considered when deciding whether to remain in one’s home or to move to a senior care community. One of the biggest considerations is mobility. Many seniors live in a home that has stairs, which can become increasingly difficult to traverse as one grows older.
However, just because your house has stairs doesn’t mean you need to relocate to a nursing home. Stair lifts, or chair lifts as they are sometimes called, are a viable and worthwhile option if getting up and down stairs is, or will be, a concern.
If you’re worried about whether or not there are stair lifts available that suite your home or your needs, there are a multitude of options available today. There are straight rail stair lifts, curved rail stair lifts, and outdoor stair lifts. Essentially, in today’s market, there is a stair lift for every situation and need.
Straight Rail Stair Lifts
These stair lifts are intended for indoor use and for staircases that are strictly vertical, no turns, landings, or angles.
Although each manufacturer (Handicare, Bruno, Harmar, etc.) has their own specifications and mounting requirements, most are fastened directly to the stair treads (steps), as opposed to the wall. Mounting directly to the treads allows for a wider range of fastening options; meaning, they can be installed if you have an open staircase or one with railings on either side.
Most straight rail models are battery operated but require access to an 110V outlet (for recharging). Additionally most models require 29” of space to be properly installed (which is rarely an issue).
Curved Rail Stair Lifts
Curved rail lifts are custom stair lifts that are used for staircases that have landings, turns, or are spiral.
Most curved rail stair lifts are mounted to the wall, but some can be fastened to the treads; it all depends on the customer’s requirements.
Usually the stair lift is custom manufactured so the lead to time to install can be a little longer than with traditional straight rail stair lifts, and the cost will usually be higher than straight stair cases; however, once installed, the lift will provide a safe and secure ride up even the most tedious staircases.
Outdoor Stair Lifts
It wasn’t long ago when stair lifts were intended for indoor use only. Today there are many manufacturers (Handicare, Bruno, Harmar, etc.) that make products for outside use. These stair lifts are designed to operate in any condition and to withstand the elements.
Outdoor lifts are available for both straight and curved staircases. The only issue with outdoor stair lifts is there may not be safe transfer areas at the top or bottom of the staircase, or both; however, Golden Years Renovations LLC can create a safe transfer area in virtually any situation, so this is rarely a problem.
When considering a stair lift, whether inside or outside of your home, Golden Years Renovations LLC can expertly install a lift to suite your exact needs. Our installers are extremely knowledgeable and trained directly by the manufacturer. If you’re looking for a Dallas stair lift installer you can count on, contact us today for a free quote, (972) 752-1864.